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FCC chair questions extension of indecency rules

[JURIST] Michael Powell [FCC profile, background info], outgoing Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission [official website], said Thursday that he did not support extending broadcast indecency rules to cable television or satellite televsion or radio. Powell has supported efforts to increase penalties and enforcement for over-the-air broadcasts of indecent material, but he pointed out that most subscribers to cable and satellite services already have tools to block unwanted content. Additionally, Powell questioned whether attempts to regulate cable and satellite services would pass constitutional muster. Powell's remarks come just days after Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) [official website] and Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) [official website] indicated in separate remarks that they would support legislation that regulates indecency on cable and satellite broadcasts. AP has more on the story.

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